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Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Edmond, OK
Charles, MO
Houston, TX
Chicago, IL
Birmingham, AL
New York / New Jersey
Boston, MA
Tampa, FL
Hampton, VA
Miami, FL
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
Washington, DC
Northern California
San Diego, CA
Sacramento, CA
Orange County, CA
Santa Clarita, CA
Lancaster, CA
Colorado

OUR AREAS AND AREA DIRECTORS

  • Los Angeles, CA: Maricel Villanueva (Interim)

  • Orange County, CA: Lani Diamse (email)

  • Santa Clarita, CA: Myra Miranda (email)

  • Lancaster, CA (Antelope Valley): Rudy Mamaril (email)

  • San Diego, CA: Tina Balch (email)

  • Sacramento, CA: Tess Poling (email)

  • North California: Inoy Figueroa (email)

  • Las Vegas, NV: Louis Gosioco (email)

  • Colorado: Marlene Perez (email)

  • Texas: Alex Gutierrez (email)

  • Oklahoma: Myrcia Hoppe (email)

  • Chicago, IL: Leslie Tiquia (email)

  • Missouri: Ranel Sarmiento (email)

  • Alabama: Gloria Lilly (email)

  • Miami, FL: John Jarin (email)

  • Tampa, FL: Roque Barrido (email), Jun Domantay (email)

  • North Carolina: Francis delos Reyes (email), Opoy Guevarra (email)

  • Hampton, VA: Guia Caliwagan (email)

  • Richmond, VA: Rudy Bolipata (email)

  • Washington, DC: Ben Dichoso (email)

  • New Jersey and New York: Beth Ramirez (email), Shirley Domingo (email)

  • Boston, MA: Jojo Belarmino (email)

ABOUT US

GK1 World Foundation dba Gawad Kalinga USA (GK USA) is a lead mission partner of the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc. (GKCDFI) in creating a sustainable template to end poverty.

 

Founded in 2009, GK USA is a duly registered 501c3 corporation working independently, but in conjunction with GKCDFI, a Philippine-based not-for-profit movement that aims to end poverty by building caring and sharing communities.  It employs an integrated and holistic approach with values formation and leadership development at its core.

Gawad Kalinga translated in English means “to give care." Its approach to attacking poverty began with building a cluster of homes in communities. Residents go through a values formation program that focuses on restoring dignity and self-worth. GK raises funds to help the marginalized build permanent homes with the latter contributing their sweat equity. GK opens access to education, more secure employment or livelihood opportunities and health and well-being. 

GK USA has contributed significantly to enable GK to build over 3,000 communities across the Philippines. Such presence has placed Gawad Kalinga in a position to know the lives of the poor intimately, and offer an effective, multi-faceted solution to poverty.

Local and international government agencies, other nonprofits, academic institutions, corporations and individuals are engaged to design and implement scalable interventions rolled out through its wide volunteer network and workers, and with the help of community members themselves.

 

These platforms focus on the multiple solutions to alleviate poverty: shelter and land security, health and well-being, child and youth development, family productivity, and community resilience. 

 

Programs include home-building and community development; an anti-hunger program currently feeding over 100,000 hungry children on school days; a school for social entrepreneurship as an education-based solution to rural development; community health interventions piloted and scaled with the help of local and international agencies, universities and volunteers.

 

Gawad Kalinga has been recognized by local and international organizations for its work, such as: Ramon Magsaysay Award (the Asian equivalent of Nobel Peace Prize), Skoll Foundation, Nikkei Asia Prizes and Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award among others.

Prospective volunteers, fundraisers, student interns and corporate donors can get involved by reaching out to our Area Directors across the United States, listed below. GK USA is also eligible for employee matching programs and grants from institutions who share our mission and vision.

GK USA TEAM MEMBERS

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MARICEL B. VILLANUEVA

Executive Director

Maricel has served as GK USA's Executive Director since 2016 and has been a volunteer and advocate for Gawad Kalinga since GK's inception.

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MHER AMANTE

Operations

Mher provides invaluable support in finance, project tracking, event management, and fundraising activities and serves as the primary liaison between Area Coordinators and the head office.

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INOY FIGUEROA

Finance

Inoy keeps track of Philippine-based GK USA projects, serving as the finance liaison between US-based operations and local GK USA communities in the Philippines.

GK USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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JOSE RAFFINAN, JR., MD

Chairman

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CARLOS CAPATI, MD

Board Member

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WILFRIDO FELICIANO, MD

Board Member

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ANTONIO OLAES

Board Member

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SONNY RAMIREZ

Board Member

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CAROL TULUD

Board Member

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MARILYN BELLO

Board Member

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JOSIE DISTERHOFT

Board Member

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JEFFREY HOPPE

Board Member

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ANTONIO PASCUA

Board Member

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DONNA REYES

Board Member

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DAVID ZARRAGA

Board Member